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I love Shrek. I've always loved Shrek. I loved the heartwarming touches, the hilarious humor, the deconstruction of classic and Disney-adapted fairy-tale rules. I loved how they used pop music rather then lyrical prose à la Disney. And I loved that Shrek always kept this whole "True love, and it's kiss, trumps ALL" routine and actually made us believe it.

The first Shrek, the beginning of the franchise, was amazing, obviously. The second had a bit less heart, but remained hilarious and action-packed, introducing new characters that really rocked, like Puss in Boots and Fiona's mother and father (admit it, they are pretty amazing parents). The first two films ad a good story and a good villain. This was not present in the third. In the third, the story was poorly pasted together from Shrek's fear of parenthood and the world's longest and most boring sidequest, topped off with pitiful and kinda weak villains. Charming was designed to be a tool and a mama's boy. He doesn't have it in him to be a villainous leader. And showing that off does not make it funny. Needless to say, after the horror of the third, I was actually scared to see the fourth.

In Shrek Forever After, Shrek, now a domesticated family man, longs for the days when he felt like a "real ogre" and is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all he's done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love. But he only has a day to so. You give a day to get a day, and as soon as the day is done, the alternate future will become the real one.

This movie was good.

It wasn't the first, or the second, but it was a great ending.

This movie took a darker and more adventurous tone then the first three. There's still jokes, but it's harder to laugh at a pun when the pun is being made in a desolated, horrid alternative universe setting. Despite that, I laughed a few times and became misty eyed a few others.

In the darker parts I liked, there was a greater exploration of Fiona. Mostly, of the time she spent locked up in her tower. See, in the alternate universe, nobody came to save her. And, according to other plot elements, her parents and the fairy godmother, didn't attempt to free her either. Imagine being stuck in a tower, possibly with no more food being delivered, and knowing that no one will come to save you? That segment really amde me feel bad for Fiona. I loved how she seemed to have stopped believing in true love while still holding on to a tiny spark of hope while she fought for her kingdom and had Puss as her confidante. It was interesting.

Fiona seemed more interesting then Shrek in this movie. Shrek, like in the third and second, deals with the regret of not being able to be what he believes he wants to be, and not being able to give his wife what he believes she deserves. The movie had the same type of plot as "It's a wonderful life", but rather then fully focusing on how the world profited from his existence, Shrek also sees how his existence was enriched by the world around him. It's touching.

So yeah, not as good as the first, but a more that satisfying ending. You close the "Shrek" book in the credits knowing that your heroes will be okay. And considering how attached I got over the years to these animated friends of mine, i'm quite delighted to see they will live happily ever after.

- Isa

p.s. I was sad to see that the fairy godmother was fully absent from the plot. Fiona's parents were present and we see why they do not help her. I still would have expected Fairy Godmother to resist Rumpelstiltskin moving on to the kingdom she wanted for herself. Fairy Godmother allying with the orgre resistance? That would have been epic. But it would have distracted from the core plot. I guess we can assume she switched kingdoms when she saw Far Far Away was going to hell. Or maybe she god offed by Rumpelstiltskin's possy of witches. Or something.

p.s. 2  - I wonder if disney's Rapunzel will explore the whole "Being locked in a tower sucks and is depressing" angle. No fairy tales really explore that in the originals (the princess always seems okay with being there). I would love to also see Disney's take on it.

p.s. 3 - Rapunzel's revenge is a graphic novel where they actually explore the tower thing and Rapunzel's character in a stempunk setting. I recommend it.

Movie Review

Date: 2010-05-25 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Nice to know it's at least good! I've been apprehensive about this movie and wasn't planning to see it because the third one was horrible, but this fun franchise deserves a satisfying ending. Well, sort of, since we're getting a Puss in Boots movie next year. Anyway, I think I might catch it this weekend.

Though I remember being sad last Thursday because it would be the last day HTTYD would be shown in 3D before Shrek took its place, since most movie theaters (including the one at my place) only have one 3D screen. I can't wait until HTTYD comes out on DVD. I heard Blu-ray is stunning, but my dad won't buy them because they're still too expensive. :(


Re: Movie Review

Date: 2010-05-25 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Puss in boots movie? Geez. I love the character, but c'mon guys! If you say it's the last, it should be *facepalm*

But yeah, it is good. Definitely a good way to end Shrek's tale. That ogre really loves his wife.

My boyfriend, Link, who saw the movie with me want's to give shrek a "best used and perfectly timed cheesy line award". He delivers the world's cheesiest line at the perfect moment so that it's TRUE. Go green dude, go.

It is a little sad that HTTYD is off the 3d screens. It does bring us closer to having toothlesses on dvds in our homes though. :D

I don't really buy blue-ray myself (I have a ps3 but the television we have can't really render HD anyways...)

Date: 2010-05-25 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I saw the trailer in HTTYD and I thought it might be really good.

Re: PS. 2
From what I see in the publicity materials they've released for Rapunzel Tangled they are going to explore that angle. We'll see what happens in the movie.

Date: 2010-05-25 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's not amazing, but it's good, and so much better then the third. A fitting ending. I left the theatres happy and satisfied, and even a little moved.

Tangled seems to be exploring that, though they also say that they are going to focus on the male character... then again, then change the title and issue a different press release everytime someone whines, so I guess we'll have to wait for the movie to be done before we have a clear plot.

Date: 2010-05-25 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ahhh... I can't wait to watch it on cinema next June!! I love Shrek too

Date: 2010-05-26 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
:D You'll like it!

Date: 2010-05-25 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love how Fiona got more "power" in this movie and we got to explore her time in the tower more. She really didn't get to do as much in the third movie besides having babies. So, it was great to see Fiona taking charge and starting a resistance. The movie wasn't better than the first or second, but it's a good movie to end Sherk's story on.

Note, the Puss in Boots movie is suppose to be a Prequel. So, the setting is suppose to be before Puss met Sherk and Donkey. Granted, they may show Sherk at the end or something, but who knows.

(By the way, Stu and I have a theory that the Fairy God mother may have paid someone to put the curse on Fiona in the first place so she could "fix" it and have her son be king. Creating problems for our clients creates business. )

Date: 2010-05-26 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh, I totally believe that too. Fairy godmother is an interesting and devious character.

Crap. Now I want more storytime with her!

Date: 2010-05-25 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so looking forward to seeing this! I have to commit and watch the 3rd one though as I heard it wasn't overly good and never bothered to watch it :/

Date: 2010-05-26 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You should at least watch it for the continuity. It's not god-awful. It's still watchable. But unlike the others, you don<t want to watch it over and over again.

Date: 2010-05-26 08:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, and I'm totally a continuity whore! Must. know. EVERYTHING! :P

Date: 2010-05-25 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yesss. I really liked it, too--especially the detail they went into Fiona this time. I really missed it in the third one (which I really didn't like all that much, aha), so this was a nice turn of pace. Donkey amused me a bit, haha.

I am rather interested in this Rapunzel's Revenge, hmm...

Date: 2010-05-26 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Behold :

Date: 2010-05-26 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi, I forget how I ended up at your journal, but I did, and I really enjoyed your drawings and comics. Do you mind if I friend you?

Date: 2010-05-26 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*laughs* Please go ahead and friend me. I love meeting new people! I hope you'll enjoy the comics! Feel free to comment whenever you want XD


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